Everyone: go see Clint Eastwood's super-hit!...
1. It is a superb film. The combat scenes resonate with the tautness of the action in "Blackhawk Down" (2001). The domestic scenes interspersed with deployments add an increasingly poignant element, absent from "BD."
It’s just a movie, so even “American Sniper’s” small slice only hints at the price America paid—some 3,500 combat deaths and another 32,000 wounded—to bring Iraq to a point of relative, if fragile, stability in 2011.
Opinions will differ, often bitterly, on the war in Iraq and the reasons for it. In the movie, a painful funeral scene captures that ambivalence. But what is just not possible to choke down is President Obama’s decision in 2011 to reduce the U.S.’s residual military presence to virtually zero. It was a decision to waste what the Marines and Army had done.
They are an elite group of professional, skilled warriors. But how does the job affect the men who do it? Make no mistake: Looking through a magnified rifle scope and killing another human being is a difficult job. It’s a burden many snipers bear long after their service is completed. But contrary to what many believe, snipers are not mindless murderers or killing machines. They’re intensely dedicated professionals willing to do a very difficult, extremely dangerous job with the goal of protecting others.
There is a distinct difference between having the capacity for violent action and being a violent person. Professional snipers deal that violence with great precision and serious intent — again, to protect their compatriots and others the way no one else can.